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The Selling Process

We will be very happy to drop in to discuss your plans and the value of your home at any time to suit you, you can arrange this through our website, email, phone call or by popping in to branch. Our Valuation Manager will chat through with you the best price for your property given local and national market information which will include comparable sold properties and local selling statistics.

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Agree the guide price of your home

We will discuss with you the options for price positioning in the current market so that we agree a marketing plan for your home, as well as taking colour photos, noting down all the major selling features of your home, and taking measurements. We can also talk to you about our conveyancing service and arrange for you to meet our financial advisors.

Help to get you legally and financially prepared

At Intercounty we work with Embrace Mortgage Services (EMS), they are part of the same parent company and as such they are an integral part of our team in all of our branches.  EMS have a comprehensive panel of mortgage providers and they will work with you to tailor their service to suit your personal circumstance whether you are an investor, first time buyer, an experienced mover or looking to remortgage. *

Work together to get your home prepared

With your help our job is to launch your property onto the market as quickly and efficiently as we can.  At Intercounty we use both Rightmove and Zoopla property portals to present your property to the maximum number of potential buyers.  We aim to prepare property details and launch your home on our website and all portals within 1 working day and we will be talking to you to get your approval and help to make sure that we have all that we need to make this happen.

LAUNCH YOUR HOME ON TO THE MARKET

The first 2 to 3 weeks that your house is on the market are critical so that we can ensure we get you the best price for your home and can attract the most buyers. By attracting the best buyers you will be better placed to find one that suits your individual needs and that can take account of your moving plans.

MATCHING YOUR PROPERTY TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

When we launch your property on to the market we immediately undertake a matching process with our comprehensive and qualified database of buyers.  With 9 local offices at any given moment we have a database of 1000's of interested buyers and we will contact anyone whose criteria match your home.  

SHOWING YOUR HOME

We can help you to prepare your home by offering guidance or access to approved maintenance contractors.  We are very happy to accompany everyone who wants to view your home.

Some of the tips to consider before anyone visits are:

  • Clear away the clutter.
  • Clean.
  • We don’t use every room e.g. use your utility room to store.
  • Clear tops of wardrobes and under beds.
  • Children’s toys in children’s rooms are ok, box up small toys.
  • Kitchens - tidy the surfaces - no food or packets, dishes or washing-up.
  • Garden - bring in any washing.
  • Tidy the garden & cut the grass.
  • Put your bins away.
  • Be ready to move your car off the drive.
  • Put away ANYTHING you wouldn’t want a ‘stranger’ to move.
  • Clear all paperwork.
  • Straighten pictures.
  • Clear fires/fireplaces or light them.
  • Replace any blown lightbulbs.
  • Clean windows.
  • Plump up pillows/cushions.
  • Fresh flowers.
  • Hide wires/chargers.
  • Use clean bedlinen.
  • Bathrooms - put all bottles, sponges and cloths in a bag and put it in the bath.
  • Clear away bathroom bits and bobs.

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Keeping in touch

After every viewing of your home we will call the prospective buyer and ask for feedback on their visit and find out if their level of interest.  We will call you to let you know as soon as we have got this information to let you know what we think and any next steps.

Someone wants to buy your home

Once we have found someone who is interested in buying your home it is really important that we keep in close contact with you and them and you will probably be speaking to the same person on our team very regularly they are your Sales Negotiator.

Reaching an agreement

Our Sales negotiators will be the liaison between you and your buyer to make sure that we get you the best price for your home, in the timescale that you are looking for and with any extra considerations that you feel are necessary to ensure a smooth move into your next home.

Looking after the legal side

There are 2 people who will be in constant contact with you during this part of your house move your Sales Progressor and your Conveyancer.  Your Sales Progressor is an integral part of our team, we have a specialist Sales Progression team and they are based at our central office, they will liaise between you, your buyer and both sets of conveyancers.  Your conveyancer is appointed by you to undertake all the legal paperwork for your sale.  We can help you find a conveyancer or you can find your own.

So that your Sales Progressor can make sure you get a smooth start to your purchase, make sure that in the first 10 days after having an offer accepted the following are completed:

  • Solicitors have been fully instructed i.e. all forms are filled in and returned to your solicitor including payment on account for searches.
  • Full Mortgage application has been submitted or a date when this will take place has been arranged.

The mortgage applications will be processed and your sellers conveyancer/solicitor will prepare draft contracts.

Keeping things moving

Your Sales Progressor will contact you regularly to keep you updated on what is happening and they will be close contact with your buyer and their conveyancer to keep everything moving and reduce any chance of anything going wrong.

Your conveyancer will receive from the other party's conveyancer, draft contracts and on receipt of these will apply for searches and raise enquiries. When all searches and enquiries are satisfactory and your mortgage offer has been received your conveyancer will be ready to report to you with the contract ready for signature.

Agree when you will be happy to move

The very nature of buying and selling homes makes it very hard to dictate timescales however we will do everything we can to try and make sure that we keep to any deadlines or target move dates that you have given us.  The more we know about your plans and your aspirations the easier it is for us to try and help you achieve them so please tell us as much as possible as early as possible.

Prepare for the big day

Now would be a good time to arrange quotes from removal companies - look for the BAR symbol which is the British Association of Removers as members are verified with them so you have recourse if something goes wrong.

You should now get quotes for buildings and contents insurance. You will receive a call from our sister company to give you a quote but we recommend you get a number of quotes.  You will need the insurance to be effective from exchange of contracts.

Sign and exchange contracts

Once the contracts are signed, the buyer's deposit (normally 5 - 10% of the property price) is sent to the seller's conveyancer, along with the signed contract. This is known as exchange of contracts. You are now legally bound to the sale/purchase and cannot withdraw without suffering a loss.

Once the contracts have been exchanged it is time to continue organising to be ready to move.  Let the removers know the date! 

Utility Switching

Our partners at IAMMOVING.COM can arrange bespoke utility comparisons and make all of your utility switches in one go so that you don't end up on the incumbant suppliers default and sometimes expensive tarrif.  To find out more call 01244 505808 and quote Intercounty.Iammoving

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